Blinding me with Science

I’m blown away by the amount of conflicting information out there. I mean, not just stupid American media contradicting itself, but scientists writing blogs contradicting each other. Apparently it’s common to just ignore science that doesn’t support your hypothesis and report the science that does. How messed up!

I am going to continue to add links to my sidebar, as there are many blogs and websites I want to spend time studying.  The latest and greatest I just discovered is called Whole Health Source, written by a neurobiologist.  I really like what he wrote in his sidebar profile:

My goal is to live well, and help others do the same. This blog is a free service to whoever wants to read it. It’s supported by generous reader donations. I have no ties to any company or special interest group.

I see myself sort of like this, but with less to offer. 🙂

Anyway, I’m currently working toward building a place on the web where answers can be found.  Hopefully the right ones.  I know that no one really knows the answers to these questions…if we did we’d probably all be healthy and fit.  But I’d like to get close and ultimately help others get to a place where they can heal themselves too.

Goodbye Lipitor?

It has come to my attention that a couple of recent studies have suggested there’s a “relationship” between the use of statin medication (used to control high cholesterol) and Type II Diabetes.

Have I mentioned that I am bordering on Type-II Diabetes?

I test my blood sugar on a daily basis.  This morning’s fasting blood glucose level was 126.  Diabetic is 125.  I refuse to believe I’m there yet though, so I’m still calling it “borderline.” I’m highly insulin resistant, and I have most of the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.

I blame the government and their goddamn low-fat, high-carb dietary recommendations that I followed for many many years, trying desperately to be thin.  I would eat pasta by the bowlful, with nothing but a little salsa on it, or sprinkled with Lipton Onion Soup Mix…anything to add a little flavor without adding fat.  I couldn’t understand why I would work out hard, eat almost no fat, and not lose weight.  If this was all just a matter of the USDA being woefully misinformed, I’d call them incompetent but not necessarily malicious.  I know damn well, though, that science has shown the current USDA recommended diet is not only ineffective for weight loss, but it is unhealthy.

I plan to use this blog to collect my thoughts on this subject.  If anyone would like to follow along, that’s just fine of course…but I’m doing this so I can collect my own research.  I don’t know where this is all going yet, but I suspect this is going to be a big part of my life.

But back to Lipitor.  I was prescribed Lipitor about a year and a half ago.  My total cholesterol has dropped significantly since then.  Great!  Well, unless of course that means nothing.

I suspect, from my initial research so far, that total cholesterol is a terrible indicator of health and ridiculous as a predictor for heart disease.  And now I find out that statins such as Lipitor may actually be screwing up my blood sugar and contributing to my insulin resistance, and thus my inability to lose weight.

So I’m considering quitting Lipitor.  I’ll discuss the research in a future post.

For Further Study:

Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/archinternmed.2011.625

Risk of Incident Diabetes With Intensive-Dose Compared With Moderate-Dose Statin Therapy: A Meta-analysis David Preiss et al. JAMA. 2011;305(24):2556-2564. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.860

Statins and Altered Glucose Metabolism A Laboratory Curiosity or a New Disease? J.L. Mehta doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.062 J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2010;56;680 http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/56/8/680

Atorvastatin causes insulin resistance and increases ambient glycemia in hypercholesterolemic patients Koh KK, Quon MJ, Han SH, Lee Y, Kim SJ, Shin EK.  J Am Coll Cardiol 2010;55:1209-1216.[Abstract/Free Full Text]

Effect of statins on fasting plasma glucose in diabetic and nondiabetic patients Sukhija R, Prayaga S, Marashdeh M, et al.  J Investig Med 2009;57:495-499.[Web of Science][Medline]

Statins and risk of incident diabetes: a collaborative meta-analysis of randomised statin trials Sattar N, Preiss D, Murray HM, et al.  Lancet 2010;375:735-742.[CrossRef][Web of Science][Medline]

New Blog

I decided to start a blog so that I have a place to aggregate all of the information I’ve been collecting and learning about the extent to which carbohydrates are causing health problems in America.  I’ve been learning from very knowledgeable people like Dr. Michael Eades, Gary Taubes, Jimmy Moore, and Jenny Ruhl.

We’re being lied to.  In a big way.

I hope to help debunk some of the lies with this blog.  Must mostly it’ll be a place where I can sort out for myself just what I need to do to be healthy.  I know what I’ve done up until now hasn’t helped.